On a Folding Elliptical Trainer
had never heard of a folding elliptical trainer prior to receiving an
inquiry through a comment posted to an article on our site. We were
Why would truckers even be looking at using this
type of exercise equipment?
First, the use of such a device in a truck could theoretically
encourage truck drivers to regularly do trucker exercises or a trucker
Second, according to some, exercising on an
elliptical trainer provides a
superior workout compared to doing other types of exercises. Two of the
major points are:
- The smooth stride causes less
joint impact than running
(or even walking); and
- Units with arm bars allow the
upper body to get a
workout at the same time as the lower body.
are two units in a gym area at the Greater Chicago I-55 Auto Truck Stop
(or Plaza) in June 2010. These units are not designed to be folded on a
it be possible for motivated professional truck drivers to carry a folding version of
this equipment with them to do physical
exercises in their trucks?
Let's back up and first address taking exercise
equipment in general on the road in a commercial motor vehicle.
Before You Carry
Exercise Equipment in Your Truck
Answer these questions:
Before You Buy Any
Elliptical Trainer for Exercise
Compare folding elliptical trainers for features,
strength, construction and
The following are three pieces of exercise equipment for
sale on Amazon.com that came up as a result of a search for "folding
elliptical trainer" when we searched in January 2013. There are great
differences between them.
|Gazelle Edge (Glider)
||Confidence Fitness Space
Answer these questions:
- Are there other types of
exercises you can do in your truck that would provide the same benefits
as using a folding elliptical trainer?
- Does the folding elliptical
trainer you're considering allow you to program workouts, set time
limits or monitor your heart rate?
- If you choose to rest your arms
for a while, does the folding elliptical trainer you're considering
have a stationary place to put your hands?
- What is the difference between
a true folding elliptical trainer and a "glider"?
Before You Carry a
Folding Elliptical Trainer in Your
Answer these questions:
- Besides the "resting" footprint
a folding elliptical trainer, how much
additional space does the unit require to "cycle" or "rotate" through a
- Aside from using floor space,
could you set up and use a folding elliptical trainer on your lower
truck bunk after raising
your mattress on its side and leaning it against the back wall (and
raising the upper bunk if you have one)?
- Will using a folding elliptical
trainer in any way compromise
your workout (such as by limiting or eliminating "incline" or
The photo below at left is a close-up view of an
elliptical trainer taken at the Greater Chicago I-55 Auto Truck Stop
(or Plaza) in June 2010. With the right pedal in the forward position,
you can see that part of the equipment extends farther forward than its
base. Although this is not a folding model, the principle of checking
for additional room for a unit to cycle or rotate holds.
Money saving tip: We
recommend that before you invest in any exercise equipment for use in
your truck -- especially an expensive folding elliptical trainer --
that you develop a program of physical exercise first.
Many pieces of exercise equipment have been
purchased by people who had good intentions about "starting"
an exercise program, but
they ended up collecting dust while being stored in a corner, closet,
spare room or garage.
If you buy equipment but don't use it, you will
have wasted your money.
You should consult a physician before starting any
exercise program, especially if you have a goal to lose a significant
amount of weight. While consulting a physician can be costly, see if
you can combine the visit during which you plan to address your
exercise plan with some other visit (perhaps your DOT physical).
Start small when you begin an exercise
program. If you over-do your first workout and get sore, you may become
de-motivated to continue. Remember that just as your truck needs to
start out in a low gear, so you need to start any exercise program
slowly. Rome wasn't built in a day.
Consider the "return on investment" of buying and
using any exercise equipment. One example of this is if you use it and
are able to stay strong and healthy, you can reduce the amount of time
you can't drive due to being sick.
While you are using exercise equipment, remember
address other aspects of healthy living in your life such as your diet,
the amount and quality
of your sleep, quitting
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